SPURIOUS CORRELATION By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 the situation where variables are correlated through their common relationship with one or more other variables but not through a causal mechanism. Have a look on third-variable problem. SPURIOUS CORRELATION: "Spurious correlation deals with the relationship of variables." Related Psychology Terms SUPPRESSOR VARIABLE CAUSAL ORDERING MONOTONIC RELATIONSHIP LINEARITY BISERIAL CORRELATION CONCOMITANT VARIATION FALSE ANALOGY CANONICAL CORRELATION MODERATOR VARIABLE PARTIAL CORRELATION Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPURIOUS CORRELATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/spurious-correlation/ (accessed February 17, 2020).